Yatseniuk: Russia refused to guarantee deal dated February 21

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March 4, 2014, 6:24 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ousted president Viktor Yanukovych and current Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk during a round table
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Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatseniuk has said that Russia refused to be a guarantor of the Ukrainian political crisis settlement deal concluded on February 21 and Viktor Yanukovych was the first to refuse to fulfill this agreement.

 "The first basic duty was to restore the Constitution of 2004, but the next day Viktor Yanukovych in public refused to sign this law and left this deal," Yatseniuk said a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday.

"It hurts us that Russia didn't become part of this agreement. Russia refused to be a guarantor," he said.

However, all statement of this deal are being fulfilled today, the PM said.

"Ukraine's government has been formed as it was foreseen by the agreement, in particular all-embracing government, which was supported even by the new opposition – Regions Party. 372 lawmakers, as the Constitution demands, supported this government," he said.

According to the February 21 deal, the reform of the Constitution began, and today the parliament created a special interim panel to make amendments into the Constitution, the premier said, commenting on Russian President Vladimir Putin's statements.

According to Yatseniuk, the new government is taking all measures to stabilize situation in the country.

"We highlight that all [other] signers of the agreement dated February 21 are fulfilling this agreement, despite Russia refusing to be a guarantor of this agreement, and ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych was the first, to abandon this agreement. Any other reasons that Russia invents today to justify its military interference in the domestic affairs of Ukraine are far from reality," he said.

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